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Witchcraft Out of the Shadows A Complete History

History of Witchcraft Rewritten

If you knew that there was one book that would change the history of witchcraft would you want to read it? Rated Five Stars on Amazon. Recommended by author Alan Richardson and Marty Dodge of Blogcritics.com.

Witchcraft Out of the Shadows

Reader Reviews

What a great educational book on the history of witchcraft... a very interesting book to read and learn from. I am very glad to have it in my library. (Alice S. Franceschini, Amazon.co.uk)

I just finished your superb book "Witchcraft out of the Shadows". It was a very informative read. (Merrick by email)

I put your book on my x-mas wish list and I got it!!! Woohooo!!! So far it's a great read. I have to say you did an excellent job on it. I have learned so much in just the little bit I have read. (Jamie by email)


Witchcraft.org - An excellent book

"This is a fascinating and well researched book, relevant to both readers from the UK and the USA. The writing style is not too academic making it easy to read, despite how dense the fact content is. For a one book summary of the history of the Witch this is an excellent book and deserves a place on every Pagans bookshelf."
Witchcraft.org, published 2013, modified 2016

Somerset Pagans - A good book to read

"A rather analytical book including the history from the old Greek Gods and Goddesses right through the middle ages and the Burning Times to Crowley and Gerald (who I got the im-pression he is not to fond of). Lots of information, but rather technical, a bit Steve p. Well worth the read. as usual available from Somerset Library service. But the bit that impressed me the most was the last paragraph,which encompasses all we believe in. 'We have come the full circle, from ancient Witch-Priestess to modern Priestess and Witch. Wehave plumbed the depth of human wickedness, not through witchcraft, but against it. We have found that despite centuries of the most brutal repression, most ignominious reinvention and most wilful distortion, the Pagan ideal of man in harmony and communication with Nature have re-emerged, as indestructible as the Sun, to shine out once more in the new religion of Witchcraft. All the considerable powers of the Inquisition and the baser instincts of mankind were insufficient to root out the irrepressible, magical spirit of us all. The Witches ride again, not on broomsticks to some diabolical orgy of evil, but on wings of the spirit to a better world, a re-enchanted world.' (copyright Leo Ruickbie.) Read the book, buy the book you will enjoy it."
David Barker, Somerset Pagans: The Journal of the Burnham and Highbridge Pagan Moot, January 2007, p. 4.


"Dr Leo Ruickbie is to be congratulated on undertaking such an extensive work and on the skill with which he condenses millennia and simplifies complex historical processes into an understandable and readable book."
Amazon.co.uk, posted 1st March, 2006.

Merry Meet Magazine

"A fascinating study, and groundbreaking in its sociological analysis..."
Merry Meet. Independent Journal of Folklore and Paganism, Issue 22, Autumn 2005.


"I strongly recommend you read Witchcraft out of the Shadows by Leo Ruickbie."
Jools, Occultforums.com, 30 July 2005.


"I highly recommend this book to any individual who is interested in the sociology of an in depth and intense history and the evolution of a social archetype, as well as young aspiring Witches who wish to develop a keener insight into the reality of what it is to be a Witch today."
Gede, Gothic-Rain.com, 28 July 2005.

Library Journal

"... those truly interested in witchcraft and the Wiccan religion will find it appealing."
Jennifer Kuntken, Library Journal, 22nd July, 2005.

Dean's World

Wicca Power!
Paganism has existed for a very long time but the version that is being practiced today has existed in some form since the early 20th century. If you are interested in the history of Paganism I would recommend the recent book by Leo Ruickbie.
Andrew, www.deanesmay.com, 28th May, 2005

WynterGreene Magazine

"This book is a sound investment and recommended reading for any witch who has not yet thought to examine the historical and sociological effects of this path."
A. Murphy-Hiscock, WynterGreene, Beltane (May) 2005.

Jesus-is-Savior.com (no kidding)

"There is a new book that witches around the world are drooling over. It's title is Witchcraft Out of the Shadows, and it's Author is Leo Ruickbie."
David J. Stewart, May, 2005.

Occult Author Alan Richardson

"Witchcraft out of the Shadows is an engaging book which deserves to be the benchmark for all future analyses of the Craft."
Alan Richardson, received 24th March, 2005.


"This book does provide many good insights, and would make an interesting read for anyone interested in the history of Witchcraft in Europe."
Sorita, Avalonia.co.uk, posted 22nd January, 2005.


"Leo Ruickbie is an academic, but one who can talk to his readers whether they have an academic background or not. He's definitely a writer to watch."
Epinions.com, posted 5th January, 2005.

Hearth of Arianrhod

"I just got a new book that I had to recommend to everyone..."
Wade, Hearth of Arianrhod, posted 16th December, 2004.


"I highly recomend this book to anyone with the slightest interest in the Craft."
Marty Dodge, Blogcritics.com, posted 3rd December, 2004.

Temple of Dagon

"Mr Ruickbie has written a tight overview of the history and current trends (including some interesting statistical analysis) in Witchcraft. Unlike some books on the subject, there is no political or religious motivation to this book. It is factual and unjudgemental on the subject, neither being the craft's cheerleader nor taking the "its all evil" line. Because of this lack of an agenda, the book is much more complete than many books of its kind. His flowing style allows the reader to get to grips with the varied history of Witchcraft without being overwhelmed by minutiae. Not only is the book a fascinating read, it is a pleasant one as well. Needless to say, Ruickbie has included an extensive bibliography for those wishing to read further on the subject. I highly recomend this book to anyone with the slightest interest in the 'Craft'."

Rating: 5/5

Lagwolf, Witchcraft Out of the Shadows, Temple of Dagon, 3rd December 2004.


"... this is the first book to bring witchcraft fully out of the shadows."
Rowena Windsong, the-winds-song.org, posted 27th Nov, 2004.


"Endlich eine vollständige Geschichte der Hexerei!"
A. Steeg, Amazon.de, posted 16th November 2004.


"Leo has a great, highly readable style with which he manages to convey a lot of information."
Amazon.co.uk, posted 23rd June, 2004.

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